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Touchy/Sensitive Brakes...

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by cab, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. cab

    cab Member

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    I picked up a 2013 CPO car about 6 weeks ago and am not crazy about the touchy brake pedal on the S (where it grabs in that first couple millimeters of travel as opposed to mudulating better over a longer press travel). Now, I had done the test drives and noticed it so it isn't really a surprise. I also think the newer cars may be even touchier (I know Tesla changed the brake setup at some point). Anyway, I am driving a loaner right now - a 2012 Founder car no less - and noticed the pedal ha a less touchy feel in that first bit of travel (just a more progressive pedal).

    Anyway, Has anyone else noticed this? Is it something I just have to live with? I also have the creak/squeak and have been looking at the threads were Tesla replaces the pads (to those w/o dampers) and rotors with the "As-Cast" rotors...I'm wondering if those might actually make a difference in the sensitivity as well.
     
  2. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

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    My 2013 P85 doesn't have a touchy brake pedal at all, in fact I wish it would bite down earlier like in the new cars.
     
  3. St Charles

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    You can swap pads which will alter the initial bite from the brakes. It's my understanding that the brake system on the Tesla Model S is lifted from the Camaro SS gen 5. Others who know more may have better information.
     

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